Eutelsat says has lost just launched television satellite

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Eutelsat said Friday it had lost its W3B television satellite the day after it was launched by an Ariane rocket because of an "anomaly".

"Eutelsat Communications announces the loss of the W3B satellite following an anomaly which was detected on the satellite's propulsion subsystem after its launch," the company said in a statement.

The Arianespace agency said Thursday its Ariane 5 rocket had successfully launched the 5.3-tonne W3B for Eutelsat as well as the two-tonne BSAT-3b satellite from its base in Guyana.

© 2010 AFP

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